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Think of your big idea, wish, or dream you want to achieve. What’s holding you back from pursuing it? Many people say that the fear of failure is a primary reason they don’t take risks. Instead of avoiding failure, research shows failure is a necessary part of advancing toward success and provides valuable lessons that are central to the learning and improving process.

In 2010, Finnish university students devoted an entire day to sharing stories of failure to push back against the notion that successful people had an easy journey without bumps along the way. The idea was so popular that International Day for Failure is now celebrated annually on October 13th.

You can join in the celebration this weekend by doing things like reading about setbacks of people you admire, trying a difficult recipe, or working on your business plan. Keep trying and when you fail, Be Fearless by applying the lessons learned and allow the experience of overcoming it to energize you and lead to success.

Congrats to Maria Ressa, who is only the 18th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in its 120-year history. As co-founder of the Philippine news website Rappler, Ressa won the prize for her effort to “safeguard freedom of expression.”
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